The Research Need

As a public health emergency, the nation’s opioid crisis demands an all-hands-on-deck strategy to use the power of research to help people and communities who are struggling. The complex problems we are trying to address thus call for all voices – a diverse workforce that can understand and take into account the specific needs of the diverse populations we serve.

About the Program

The NIH HEAL Initiative supports NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (often called “diversity supplements”). Any HEAL researcher can apply to bring on a trainee (or early-stage faculty member) from an underrepresented minority group to further that trainee’s education and career development. The intent is to enhance diversity in the HEAL workforce from a range of characteristics, including not only race and ethnicity, but also gender, economic/class background, disability, and other features that characterize individuals underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and social sciences.

Program Details

Through the NIH HEAL Initiative, NIH awarded new supplements to 20 HEAL awards to enhance diversity of the HEAL workforce, totaling $2.6 million. See funded awards.

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